Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Council to tackle knotweed

AN outbreak of Japanese knotweed in Wargrave is to be tackled by the parish council.

AN outbreak of Japanese knotweed in Wargrave is to be tackled by the parish council.

Parish clerk Stephen Hedges told a council meeting on Monday that a stem of the poisonous plant, which can spread for miles underground, had been found on the boundary hedge of Kings Field.

He said he had obtained estimates of up to £2,100 from professional companies to tackle the problem, which included treatment with weedkiller and monitoring for up to five years.

This seemed “extremely expensive”, he said.

Councillors agreed that their own ground staff should try to deal with the knotweed before paying a contractor.

The council also agreed to spend £800 to trim back a lime tree in the car park off Recreation Road after complaints from a neighbour.

The complainant said the tree was blocking sunlight to his garden, causing plants to die, as well as dropping debris.

The council will pollard the tree, meaning the top and branches of the tree will be removed, and do the same with a second lime tree in the car park in case it causes problems in the future.

The meeting also heard that about 18 slow worms are to be rehomed at the Mumbery nature reserve in Wargrave.

Developer McCarthy & Stone approached the parish council earlier this year about moving the invertebrates from a development site in Twyford.

The reserve already has about 30 slow worms which were introduced 18 months ago.

Mr Hedges said: “The slow worms are ready to be transported over here — they are just in the process of catching them.”

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